Tourist by Stephanie Sian Smith
Just like Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Tourist writes electronic music that strikes at the emotional jugular. Synths have feelings too! The British artist—who won a Grammy last year for co-writing "Stay with Me" with Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes—will finally release his debut LP U on May 6. Although it feels like a long time coming because we've been banging on about Tourist for ages, and ages, it actually follows on from a brace of stellar EPs.
Below is the premiere of his latest tune "Run"—a song about falling in love, according to Tourist, aka William Phillips. The album as a whole centers around one failed relationship, but it's far from a bummer.
"I wouldn’t describe this record as mournful or sorrow filled, merely a reflection on my first relationship," he explains. "I’ve always recorded a lot of my life through my phone, whilst writing the album I found a huge number of recordings that I had made whilst being in that relationship, so my ex’s voice is all over this record. Also the sounds of the places we lived and visited together form prominent backdrops to the music.
He adds: "I have zero interest in beats and scenes, I’m much more interested in stories. I feel as though this is the biggest lesson I learnt whilst writing this album, that I don’t write music to express myself but to enrich myself. It wasn’t until finishing this album that I could truly feel at peace with that chapter in my life."